President Trump approved Governor Whitmer’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration in Michigan. The approval came last night and was preceded by a back and forth between Trump and Whitmer that gained attention on social media and news outlets.
The Disaster Declaration means that Michigan can now participate in FEMA programming for relief and support services. Funding was specifically approved for the Crisis Counseling Program to provide services for those whose mental health has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and Emergency Protective Measures which includes funding for Emergency Operation Center related costs, medical supplies, and personal protective equipment among other things.
Governor Whitmer sent the request for the declaration to the president on Thursday. It was a broad request for aid, and not every category has been approved. “This is a good start, and it will help us protect Michiganders and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “I’m hopeful that the president will review my request for individual assistance programs that would provide meals to families who need them and rental assistance and temporary housing for families. I look forward to the federal government’s continued partnership as we work to fight this virus.”
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand